EDUC5503 Social Interaction and the Developing Child

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Students examine theories and key aspects of language and social and emotional development in infancy and early childhood to understand the interdependence of developmental domains and how they influence learning. Students learn how to apply theories to support meaningful, communicative and educative interaction in a range of early childhood settings. These include individual and collaborative play; peer teaching and learning; teacher–learner interaction; intentional teaching, sustained shared conversations and questioning strategies; self regulation, behaviour management and the building of positive self-esteem. Students explore various early childhood pedagogies such as social, relational and play based pedagogies. The unit has a strong emphasis on developing students' skills and strategies for supporting children's oral language development along with other communicative and social competencies. Students engage with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) to guide practice and support planning and implementation of quality teaching and learning which recognises the role of partnerships with parents and caregivers.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of how social and emotional development and the role of language in infancy and early childhood influence early literacy and numeracy learning; (2) recognise the importance of child–child and adult–child interaction in the construction and negotiation of infants' and young children's knowledge and understanding; (3) develop a rationale for teaching and learning language to support early literacy and numeracy skills which contextualises and synthesises early childhood learning theories, principles and practices and recognises the role of partnerships with parents and caregivers; (4) plan integrated teaching and learning programs with a special emphasis on language for literacy and numeracy learning, and use of language for social interaction; and (5) develop a range of appropriate assessments for integrated literacy programs for early childhood learners. Collect, analyse and interpret data about children's use of language for social interaction and literacy and numeracy learning..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case study and (2) planning documents. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the case study and planning documents components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Jane Loxton
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) or the 32330 Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care
Contact hours
30 hours
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